Archive for July, 2011

Western Digital ships slim 1TB Scorpio Blue drive

Posted in Western Digital by Reuben Drake on July 20th, 2011

Need a high capacity hard drive? Well, lucky you, Western Digital has shipped its first 1TB notebook drive thin enough to fit most portable notebooks. The upgraded Scorpio Blue measures 9.5mm tall and is thin enough that a MacBook Pro or most other thinner notebooks can take it with ease.

They achieved the slimness through fitting 500GB per platter and cutting out the third platter. You can buy the drive for $139 at resellers. We aren’t sure when it will come from PC builders.

USB Pixel Mouse

Posted in USB by Reuben Drake on July 20th, 2011

Here’s a mouse that is not your average boring variety. It is made to look like a pixelized image of a right hand mouse pointer that you’ve seen many times on the monitor. The scroll wheel that is located between the index finger and middle finger.

It works like any other mouse, just looks cooler on your desk. If you like it, this one will cost you $19.99. Though you might get sick of it pointing all of the time.

Mad Catz Gears of War 3 audio peripherals for Xbox 360

Posted in gaming accessories by Reuben Drake on July 20th, 2011

Mad Catz, makers of all kinds of third party gaming peripherals and accessories, has just announced some new Gears of War 3 gear with some licensed GoW3 audio devices for the Microsoft Xbox 360. They intend to ship them in time for the game’s launch later this year.

They are available for pre-order now. There is the Throat Communicator, the Performance Stereo Gaming Headset and the Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound Headset for $29.99, $99.99 and $179.99. You gotta have the gear for Gears Of War.

R/C cars steered by Android smartphones

Posted in Android by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

R/C cars are fun. Almost every kid has played with one at some point. Now the BlueDrone project wants to use your Android smartphone as a controller and get rid of those clunky remotes. The concept pairs the car with the Bluetooth-enabled handset and allows you to maneuver it with your phone using the onscreen controls.

It delivers a drive time of 3 hours with a range of about 30 feet. The custom app will let the driver use the accelerometer to steer as an alternative to the onscreen wheel as well. They just need $200,000 to commercialize the project. We hope they get it.

Mac OS X Lion officially released

Posted in Mac by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Today marks the release of the update to the Mac OS X operating system, Lion. This release brings new Multi-Touch gestures so you can perform new moves and control your OS with multi-touch gestures, System wide support for full screen apps, Mission Control which is a way to view what’s running on your Mac, Launchpad which is a new home for all your apps, and redesigned Mail app. So there are a lot of new things to check out.

Here are some more: Users can also now Resume, as in return to your apps exactly how they left them, there is an Auto Save, Versions will let you easily revert back to older versions of documents; and AirDrop for making it easy to set up P2P connections with other Macs.

2011 MacBook Air Announced

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Apple has announced the new 2011 MacBook Air, which will come with the latest version of Apple’s OS, OS X Lion. There is an 11 inch MacBook Air and a 13 inch MacBook Air available and both feature Intel’s Thunderbolt technology. The 11 inch model comes with either a 1GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor or a 1.8GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor. Your choice. All models now have a backlit keyboard as well.

The base model has a 64GBSSD and the top model a 128GB SSD that can be upgraded to a 256GB SSD. Other specs include 2GB of DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to 4GB, Intel HD Graphics 3,000, a FaceTime camera, two USB 2.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, WiFi, Bluetooth and a pair of stereo speakers.

Samsung Galaxy S II Coming To The US In August

Posted in Samsung by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Samsung has to be very happy about sales of their new Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone in Europe and other countries. They have already sold more than 3 million S II handsets, but in the US, Samsung still hasn’t released it.

Now it looks like we may have a firm launch date. According to the president of Samsung mobile, Shin Jong-Kyun, the Galaxy S II will arrive in the US in August, but we still don’t know an exact date. To refresh your memory, the Samsung Galaxy S II features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, and also comes with a dual core 1.2GHz processor, 16GB of built in storage and a microSD card slot.

Super Talent MasterDrive KX3 Industrial-grade 1.8-inch SSD Series

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Super Talent has introduced the MasterDrive KX3 industrial-grade SSD series drives. They are available in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage capacities and have a 1.8-inch form factor, a metal enclosure and a SATA 3.0Gbps interface.

The MasterDrive KX3 will withstand -40 degrees C to 85 C temperatures and delivers sequential read and write speeds of up to 250 MB/s and 140 MB/s, respectively. No info on pricing yet though.

Lenovo IdeaPad P1 Tablet

Posted in Tablet PC by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Lenovo is ready to launch a new Windows 7 tablet, even though Windows 8 is coming soon. The IdeaPad P1 features a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) capacitive touchscreen display with a 1.5GHz Intel processor.

Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a front-facing 2-megapixel webcam, USB 2.0, a microSD memory card slot, up to 2GB DDR2 RAM and up to a 64GB SSD. Lenovo is expecting to launch the IdeaPad P1 in Q4 of this year. They should have waited for Windows 8.

AMEX Digital MP-G7 Android TV Media Player

Posted in Media Players by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Looking for a new media player? AMEX Digital has unveiled the MP-G7 Media Gate Android TV media player. This device is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex processor and will deliver full HD video output over HDMI. The AMEX Digital MP-G7 also supports USB devices, like a keyboard and a mouse of course.

Some other specs include a 2.5-inch hard drive, an SD memory card slot, Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity. The AMEX Digital MP-G7 Android TV media player will cost you about $200.

R2-D2 Lunch Kit

Posted in Star Wars by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Most adults don’t really carry lunchboxes, but as lunchboxes get cooler, you will see more of them packing a lunch since we are all geeks at heart. This R2-D2 lunch kit is pretty cool. Adults and kids alike will want to carry this one around.

It’s only $14.99 and measures 5¾” W x 5½” D x 11¼” H and even has integrated sounds and LED light effects. That beats the Lunchbox I had as a kid. The noise that this one makes will likely get your kid in trouble.

Apple 27-inch Thunderbolt display with FaceTime HD camera and built-in speakers

Posted in Apple by Conner Flynn on July 20th, 2011

Apple’s new Thunderbolt display is a 27-inch model with a 2560 x 1440 resolution 16:9 IPS display. It packs in Apple’s new connectors, an integrated 2.1 speaker system, and a Firewire 800 slot. If that isn’t enough, there’s also a built-in FaceTime HD camera and Mic, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports and MagSafe charging for your MacBook.

The DisplayPort hookup can daisy chain up to six high speed devices. It will cost $999. Just when Apple fans had some money in the bank, they now have something more to buy.

Google Launches Google+ iPhone App

Posted in Google by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

Google’s new social network, Google+ is already off to a good start with more than 10 million users announced as of last week. That number is only going to grow. There’s a Google+ Android app of course and now Google has released an iPhone app.

The Google+ iPhone app will play nice with the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4, and it works in a similar way to the Android version. The Google+ iPhone app is available as a free download right now from the iOS App store.

Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on July 19th, 2011

We’re all eagerly awaiting the release of the new Batman game Arkham City on October 21st. Hardcore fans will want this collectors edition which includes a whole bunch of special extras, like a custom Batman statue, collectible art book, early DLC access, the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack, the DC Universe animated original movie Batman: Gotham Knight and four collectible cards.

There’s also the game of course, which looks awesome and is sure to provide many hours of play. It will be available for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 in October 2011.

Samsung distances itself from Anymode Smart Case

Posted in Samsung by Reuben Drake on July 19th, 2011

Samsung has issued an unusual statement in response to the launch of a third-party iPad Smart Cover made for its Galaxy Tab 10.1. In the statement Samsung has denied any involvement with Anymode stating that the company used its branding without its permission, and they want to make sure that everyone knows that they distance themselves from the imitation of what is a patented Apple design.

Samsung doesn’t need to be fighting a war on another front since they are currently in the middle of a serious ITC patent infringement dispute with Apple already.